Visit Cedar City - A Family Winter Weekend Adventure
Southern Utah is filled with a bunch of boring small towns with nothing to do. THIS IS WHAT I USED TO BELIEVE!!! Silly right! Our recent weekend in Cedar City blows this thinking right out of the water.
Not only did we manage to have a fun, action-packed weekend in Cedar City but we even got in a little culture.....take that big city adventurers.....haha!
When most people think of Southern Utah they think desert and warm but Cedar City is located in a transition zone between desert and mountain environments with average summertime high temperatures of about 90 degrees F, and average wintertime lows of about 17 degrees F.
Cedar City also gets about 110 inches of snow per year which makes it a great destination for some family winter fun.
We don't get a chance to play in the snow often living in Hurricane, so with Cedar City being just 45 minutes away, I decided to plan a little family winter staycation. It was the perfect weekend mixed with snowmobiling, snow tubing, a visit to the Southern Utah Museum of Art, a mystical magical hot spring and a beautiful, snowy drive through the recently reopened Kolob Canyons.
OVERVIEW OF OUR WEEKEND ITINERARY
FRIDAY - BRIAN HEAD UT
11am Snowmobiling with Thunder Mountain Motorsports
1pm lunch at Pizanos
4pm Snow Tubing at Brian Head Resort
SATURDAY - CEDAR CITY/MONROE UT
10am Frontier Homestead Stake Park Museum/Ice Skating
12pm Lunch at Centro Wood Fired Pizza
1pm Southern Utah Museum of Art
5pm Mystic Hot Springs
SUNDAY - KOLOB CANYONS
Drive through Kolob Canyons
Brian Head is located just 30 minutes from Cedar City and is a perfect destination for winter sports in Southern Utah. When we were trying to figure out what activities we wanted to do in Brian Head I was tempted to spend the day teaching the kids how to ski/snowboard but I was a little nervous about how they would do. Flashbacks filled my head of my own childhood experience of learning to ski. Let's just say there were lots of tears involved.
So we decided to do a snowmobiling tour and snow tubing instead and I am so glad that we did! Our day in Brian Head was a total hit with the kids.
We planned our 1.5-hour snowmobile tour with Thunder Mountain Motor Sports for 11 am. As soon as we checked in we got completely suited up from head to toe in gear to keep us warm and dry. All the gear that we didn't have we were able to borrow from Thunder Mountain.
Getting a family of 5 suited up is no small task and during all the chaos that ensued, I had serious doubts about whether or not all this work was going to be worth it.
Luckily our tour guide, Mike was super patient with us while we dealt with tantrums and missing clothes. Phoenix, my 3-year-old did not want to wear his helmet but as soon as we got outside and he got to sit on one of the snowmobiles he was good to go.